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by Wayfarer
Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Job help!
Replies: 15
Views: 260

Re: Job help!

If you got into Communications, do Communications. All kinds of options and alternatives will present themselves once you actually start. Communications is an excellent discipline as it can be adapted to so many fields. The key thing is to start and to really throw yourself into it. Get cracking on ...
by Wayfarer
Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: What's wrong with democracy?
Replies: 16
Views: 463

Re: What's wrong with democracy?

Malcolm wrote:The roots of individualism and liberalism in Anglo democracies stem from, once again, the Scottish Enlightenment -- Smith, Burke, Locke, and Hume. This has nothing to do with Christ or Christianity.
Aside from it being the culture that gave rise to the ‘Scottish Enlightenment’....
by Wayfarer
Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:50 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: What's wrong with democracy?
Replies: 16
Views: 463

Re: What's wrong with democracy?

DGA wrote:Brooks manages to be both full of shit AND irrelevant,
I wonder if you noticed a Brooks column called The Neural Buddhists quite a few years back. I thought it was pretty good.
by Wayfarer
Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: "Forgiveness Is Not Buddhist" Article by McLeod in Tricycle
Replies: 27
Views: 744

Re: "Forgiveness Is Not Buddhist" Article by McLeod in Tricycle

But I think that McLeod is arguing that in the Buddhist tradition, that sense of indebtedness was never foundational in the first place so that importing forgiveness is introducing an essentially external attitude into the tradition. He is wrong of course; the Buddha himself likened karma to a debt...
by Wayfarer
Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:37 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: What's wrong with democracy?
Replies: 16
Views: 463

Re: What's wrong with democracy?

under the influence of Machiavelli and Locke, the men who founded our system made two fateful errors. First, they came to reject the classical and religious idea that people are political and relational creatures. Instead, they placed the autonomous, choosing individual at the center of their view ...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: "Forgiveness Is Not Buddhist" Article by McLeod in Tricycle
Replies: 27
Views: 744

Re: "Forgiveness Is Not Buddhist" Article by McLeod in Tricycle

A deep article and makes a valid point. For some reason, a 1970’s bromide comes to mind, ‘love is never having to say you’re sorry’. So in order for there to be forgiveness, you already have to have a sense of being slighted or wronged. Then forgiveness cleans the slate, so to speak. But I think tha...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:39 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 102
Views: 1373

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

‘Absence of self’ is not ‘absence of meaning’. Nihilism is precisely the attitude that ‘nothing is real’. It’s a trap for Buddhists, in my opinion, but it’s also endemic in modern culture; as Heidegger observed, nihilism is kind of the default for the secular intelligentsia. But I don’t see the real...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 102
Views: 1373

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

I think he shows how it is only by assigning meaning to ourselves (and our experiences) that we create samsara and nirvana. No, can't agree. I've read Wallace's book Taboo of Subjectivity and am familiar with the implications of quantum. But again, for you to even interact on the forum, you need to...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 102
Views: 1373

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

I’m sorry, but I think the word ‘provisional’ is being interpreted here as ‘non-existent’ - which is the very risk of nihilism that Nāgārjuna warned against. And furthermore, I think you’re interpretation here owes far more to PoMo than to Madhyamika.
by Wayfarer
Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 102
Views: 1373

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

The meaning lies in demonstrating the attachment to meaningfulness that creates samsaric suffering. I can’t agree with any of that, nor with the general sentiment in this thread - that Buddhism somehow ‘nullifies meaning’, or that seeking meaning is the same as seeking emotional or sensory gratific...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Do Admins/Mods have access to read our PMs?
Replies: 22
Views: 491

Re: Do Admins/Mods have access to read our PMs?

@jesse - I think the message you’re seeing is because your account has exceeded it storage quota, and you can’t see new messages until some old ones are deleted. That is a system-generated message that you’re seeing, and whilst I don’t know for sure, I am pretty certain that mods and admins can’t re...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:36 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Faith
Replies: 75
Views: 8718

Re: Faith

Thanks, Nicholas. So I will presume ‘sport’ as in ‘physical culture’ is OK. And I don’t care for gambling. :smile:
by Wayfarer
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:35 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The world is getting worse and worse
Replies: 40
Views: 1215

Re: The world is getting worse and worse

The point of the story is, that in terms of incomes, life expectancy, disease rates and other measurables, it’s not actually true that ‘the world is getting worse and worse’. It’s getting worse in some ways, but in other ways it’s improving.
by Wayfarer
Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The world is getting worse and worse
Replies: 40
Views: 1215

Re: The world is getting worse and worse

The reality is that if you have a roof over your head, some food in the cupboard, a change of clothes, your house has drinkable running water, electricity and a flush toilet, you're among the wealthiest 10% of people in the world. Well, read the post above. It shows that in measurable terms, the pr...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 102
Views: 1373

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

Queequeg wrote: If only walking away actually was as easy as you suggest.
That's the point! Sisyphus can't walk away, he's condemned to exist. And, you know what that means.
by Wayfarer
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Faith
Replies: 75
Views: 8718

Re: Faith

Sport and enjoyment? :shrug:
by Wayfarer
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 102
Views: 1373

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

A Buddhist reinterpretation of that myth might be something like this - Mara, in the guise of Brahma, convinces Sisyphus that if he can roll the boulder to the top of the mountain, he will find eternal happiness. Little does Sisyphus know, however, that the mountain is a rigged carnival game that m...
by Wayfarer
Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The world is getting worse and worse
Replies: 40
Views: 1215

Re: The world is getting worse and worse

Actually here is some concrete evidence that the world is actually getting better and better - in terms of life expectancy, income, and overall living standards. As of 2017: Every day, the number of people around the world living in extreme poverty (less than about $2 a day) goes down by 217,000, ac...
by Wayfarer
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Wolff book about Trump
Replies: 55
Views: 1461

Re: Wolff book about Trump

I object to this talk about Trump’s ‘mental state’. It’s his intellectual capacity that is at issue.
by Wayfarer
Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:23 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: nagarjuna basics?
Replies: 31
Views: 1187

Re: nagarjuna basics?

If you're interested in my recent research and activities, see the following: Hi, Indrajala! :hi: Glad to hear you're doing well and congratulations on completing the PhD. I have been looking in on your blog sites from time to time, always a source of fascinating arcana! ** Incidentally, apropos of...